The Greater Manchester Engineering Challenge (GMEC) 2020

An annual opportunity for young people between 7-13 years to experience engeineering first hand. Schools anywhere can take part using the on-line resources, however if you're in Greater Manchester then you can take part physically by attending a teacher immersion day and a pupil challenge day.

How does it work?

The challenge this year will take place in 2 parts:

  • Ask, imagine & plan challenge will be released on Wednesday 3rd December 2019 to be completed by Tuesday 10th March 2020.
  • Create & improve challenge will be released on Wednesday 11th March 2020 to be completed by Friday 1st May 2020.

Any complete solutions can be presented at the University or emailed or shared using Twitter using @UoMSEERIH #GMEC20 or

Sign up for GMEC 2020 here to register your interest and receive up to date information as it's release

Tell us what you think! A brief evaluation form sent to us will mean you receive your GMEC2020 certificate and be entered in to a prize draw for engineering resources in your school.


What suits you best?

Wherever you're based: sign up for GMEC 2020 here to register your interest and receive up to date information as it's released.

Teachers within Greater Manchester can attend a sponsored Teacher immersion event at The University of Manchester based on this year’s challenge and bringing engineering into the classroom. This is a great opportunity for engineers from The University of Manchester or Siemens to link with you too. Places are limited so indicate your interest using the sign up form.

Teachers outside of Greater Manchester can also take part using this website to access the resources. These will be uploaded by 10th December 2019 and you will recieve an email alert. All resources are developed by teachers and provide activities that are ready to go. 

Sign up here.

With thanks: GMEC 2020 is sponsored by Oldham Council as part of the Oldham STEM Opportunity Area to drive improvement in STEM learning and achievement. Siemens are also supporting this year's challenge, involving their engineers to support schools.  

Save the Date:

  • Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – GM Teacher immersion event
  • Tuesday 10th December 2019 – Teacher resources live on line
  • Wednesday 11th March 2020  – GM pupil challenge day 
  • Thursday 12th March 2020 – Pupil Challenge resources live on line 
  • Friday 1st May ­2020 – Deadline for all challenge solutions to be shared with SEERIH via twitter using @UoMSEERIH #GMEC20 or

Meet the team

  • Dr Lynne Bianchi the one that keeps the plates spinning
  • Dr Jon Chippindall the creative engineering mind
  • Mrs Rebecca Unwin the logical one behind a successful campaign
  • Mrs Julie Wiskow a fabulously inspiring teacher champions

Contact us at if you have queries.

Be involved!

Sign up for GMEC 2020 here to register your interest and receive up to date information as it's released.

Designed and developed by The Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH)  GMEC is based on the Tinkering for Learning Research programme (The University of Manchester in partnership with The Royal Academy of Engineering). Find out more and learn how you can support young people in the Engineering Design Process and Engineering Habits of Mind.

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